NAEM's 2013 Member Appreciation Week - Meet the 2013 Board of Directors
Learn more about your peers and colleagues who lead NAEM and celebrate Member Appreciation Week.
Board of Directors
Stephen Evanoff's career includes service in the military, and engineering and management positions with aerospace, electronics, real estate and diversified manufacturing companies.
He is currently the Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety for Danaher Corp., a Fortune 250 global science and technology company with five business segments: Environmental, Test and Measurement, Dental, Life Sciences and Diagnostics, and Industrial Technologies. The company's 2012 revenues will exceed $18 billion.
Mr. Evanoff has been involved in NAEM since the late 1990s and has been a member of the NAEM Board since 2009. He was NAEM's First Vice President.
He has served as a U.S. Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme under the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Layer Protection. In recognition of his leadership in pollution prevention and ozone layer protection, he received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, the EPA Best-of-the-Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award and a special commendation from the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Mr. Evanoff has authored or contributed to numerous technical articles and books, and holds one patent. He has served as a course instructor and guest lecturer at Denver University, University of Colorado, University of Dayton and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Texas, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and a Board Certified Safety Professional.
He lives with his wife, Carleen, and son, Jackson, in Denver.
1st Vice President
Rick Taylor has been with Parker Hannifin Corp. a Fortune 500 Company based in Cleveland, Ohio, for 23 years. He started his career with the company as an Environmental Engineer and has progressed through various assignments within the group to the present position as their Corporate VP of Environmental, Health, Safety and Energy.
He is responsible for program oversight at more than 300 manufacturing facilities worldwide. He has spearheaded the company's sustainability program which includes product stewardship initiatives, social responsibility efforts, accident prevention and an energy/greenhouse gas reduction program. Additionally, Mr. Taylor manages the compliance assurance program and the environmental liabilities portfolio. His group also manages global procurement of energy and new construction. Prior to joining Parker, he worked for BP America as a Research and Development engineer in the field of industrial pollution treatment systems.
He is on the Steering Committee of the Corporate Sustainability Network and the Sustainability Advisory Board for the Cleveland State University Center for Sustainable Business Practices. He also is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance Sustainability Division and a member of NAEM's Board of Regents.
Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron, and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College.
He, his wife and two children currently reside in Solon, Ohio. He enjoys hiking, fishing and golfing.
2nd Vice President
Ana Fernandez has been in the environmental field for 20 years in various roles ranging from consulting to regulatory work. She is currently the Corporate Director of Environmental Programs for US Foods Inc. Before joining the company, she worked for Coca-Cola Enterprises in their Corporate Environmental Affairs Department, where she brokered the Charter Partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Smart Way Transport Program.
She is President of the Atlanta Chapter of NAEM and a member of Georgia State University's Advisory Board for Ethics and Social Responsibility. She is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership and holds an MBA from Georgia State University.
Frank Macielak is the Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) at Cardinal Health Inc., a major provider of products and services to the healthcare industry. He has been with the company since 2007.
Previously he was the Director of EHS at Acument Global Technologies for three years. He spent almost 20 years in the Director position of United Technologies Corp.'s EHS department.
Mr. Macielak received his MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University. He has CIH and CSP certifications.
Ex-Officio Member - Past President
Kelvin is the Director of Environment, Health & Safety at AMCOL International. He is a recognized EHS industry leader with over 20 years of worldwide executive management experience. Mr. Roth has a record of successfully developing and leading "best in class” organizations and EHS programs. In his experience, he has worked with all levels in an organization to formulate business plans and strategies that accomplish enterprise-wide risk management and achieve short- and long-term EHS objectives. He has been responsible for such diverse areas as corporate EHS auditing programs, governance and sustainability programs, large-scale property acquisitions and integration, enterprise-wide system implementation, continuous improvement/operational excellence programs, and organizational/culture change. Mr. Roth has a BS from Andrews University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Ex-Officio Member - General Counsel
John Guttmann is a Principal at Beveridge and Diamond based in Washington DC. Mr. Guttmann's practice has been devoted primarily to trial and appellate litigation in the commercial, securities and environmental areas. He currently serves as lead national counsel for a major petroleum refiner in all MTBE product liability litigation and is a member of the defense steering committee for the refining industry in those cases.
Ex-Officio Member - Executive Director
Carol Singer Neuvelt is the Executive Director of NAEM, the Premier Association for environmental, health and safety (EHS) Management. Under her leadership, NAEM has grown from a small group of environmental professionals into a robust, national organization with more than 1,800 individual members and 75 corporate members – representing the full spectrum of industry sectors among Fortune 1,000 companies. Thanks to her expertise in delivering quality professional development programming, NAEM has grown into the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers.
Ex-Officio Member - Affiliates Council President
Minda Sarmiento is a Senior Program Manager at Shaw Environmental, Inc, based in Austin Texas. She has over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and has managed numerous projects requiring client and regulatory agency interaction as well as the scheduling of various company resources and coordination of subcontractors. She graduated from a dual degree in Chemistry from the College of New Rochelle and degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Minda is the President of the Affiliate Council and board liaison for NAEM’s Affiliate Members.
Mark Cates joined Corning Inc. in 1981. He has held a variety of roles across the company in the engineering and manufacturing areas, including plant manager at several locations.
In his current role, he is responsible for setting strategy and direction for environmental control, and ensuring compliance with global regulations and corporate environmental standards. He also provides leadership for the environmental performance of Corning Inc.
Mr. Cates holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech University.
Larry Deeney provides strategic direction and oversight on environmental initiatives throughout General Mills' North America and International operations. In addition to his efforts to build a solid and vibrant environmental program within General Mills' manufacturing operations, he also guides the company on other EHS matters including: developing policies and standards; environmental performance metrics; acquisitions and divestitures; sustainability initiatives; Corporate Social Responsibility reporting; managing external stakeholders and directing remediation efforts.
Mr. Deeney has more than 25 years of environmental experience. He earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Minnesota.
Mark C. Hause is the Global Environmental Competency Leader as part of DuPont's Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Excellence center. During his 31 years with the company, he has held a variety of roles, which include Global Environmental Engineering Technology Manager as well as leadership roles in Manufacturing, Technology, Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Business Management.
Mr. Hause is a member of the NAEM Board of Directors, the NAEM Board of Regents, Professional affiliations include Board membership for NAEM, Red Clay Valley Association, Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services Inc. and Adoptive Families with Information and Support. He previously served as a Board Member for GEMI, the Environmental Associates of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science and the Center for Waste Reduction Technologies.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University.
Bruce Karas is the Director of Sustainability, Environment and Safety for The Coca-Cola Co., North America He has more than 20 years of experience as an EHS professional and has practiced in a wide range of Industrial operations in the US, Canada and China.
He has served in various positions in national and local professional organizations and has presented various papers on topics ranging from ergonomics, health effects of flavorings, water stewardship and sustainability. Mr. Karas also is a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice, a Certified Safety Professional and is a Registered Occupational Hygienist in Canada.
Alan Leibowitz is Director of Environment, Safety, Health and Security (ESH&S) for ITT Exelis Corp., based in McLean, Va. In this position, he leads the worldwide team addressing ESH&S issues for this $6 billion-dollar-international supplier of advanced technology products and services including defense communications and electronics.
Mr. Leibowitz is a leader in professional and industry group activities, including his recent roles on the Board of Directors of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and as a Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB), Chair of the ANSI Z10 Committee that developed the first American National Safety and Health Management System Standard, Chair of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) Environmental Issues Council and the Environmental Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). He is a frequent speaker on Environmental and Safety Management and recently contributed a chapter on the subject to the textbooks "The Occupational Environment - It's Evaluation and Control” and "Patty's Industrial Hygiene."
He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Drexel University and received extensive postgraduate training at the Columbia University School of Public Health.
Sandy Nessing has responsibility for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual performance reporting for American Electric Power Co. Inc. (AEP), as well as strategic projects within the Environment, Safety and Health and Facilities organization. She works closely with executives and business units to identify, evaluate and coordinate strategic opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, protect people and support public policy and regulatory strategies.
She also manages special projects for AEP's Chairman and was responsible for writing and publishing AEP's first Corporate Sustainability Report in 2007. In 2010, she published AEP's first integrated Corporate Accountability Report, a combination of the annual sustainability report and Annual Report to Shareholders.
Prior to joining the company in February 2006, she was manager of Corporate Communications for Yankee Gas Services Co., part of the Northeast Utilities System and Connecticut's largest natural gas distribution company. She was responsible for all internal and external communications, including managing the company's communications strategy for compliance with new federal gas pipeline safety rules and community outreach to support construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility.
Before her work in the utility industry, Ms. Nessing was senior public information specialist for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, Conn. and spent 12 years as a broadcast journalist in Connecticut, holding positions that included radio news director, news anchor and reporter. She was elected the first female chairperson of the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcaster's Association and received an AP Managing Editor's citation for breaking the Unabomber story at Yale University.
She currently serves as chair of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Stewardship Board in Columbus, Ohio, and is a member of the Columbus Council on World Affairs Board of Trustees. She is on the Board of Regents of NAEM and is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute's Sustainability Interest Group, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and the nongovernmental organization working group of the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance. She also led AEP's participation in the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) Electric Utility Sector Supplement Pilot Program, an international project to develop electric utility-specific sustainability performance indicators.
Ms. Nessing lives in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband, Ken, and son.
Chris Milici is the Director of Global Environment, Health & Safety and Security for John Crane Inc., a division of Smiths Group, plc. Based in Warwick, Rhode Island, he has overall EHS and Security responsibility for John Crane's approximately 7,000 employees in more than 200 facilities worldwide. He manages a variety of initiatives, including EHS sustainability efforts, auditing programs, management systems, and global security programs.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Milici was a Manager of EHS for Textron Inc., where he was responsible for the design, implementation and management of EHS initiatives for the enterprise, including EHS Management Systems, compliance programs, auditing, and policies and standards. He was with Textron for five years, including one year at its Fluid & Power Division.
Mr. Milici serves on the planning committee for the International Audit Protocol Consortium and the New England Chapter of NAEM. He is also the chairman of his town's Permanent Building Committee and is the President of the New England Region Cadillac & LaSalle Club.
He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.